"Cockfighter" Original Oil Painting, Funds for Victims of Typhoon Haiyan by kimcogan

"Cockfighter," is for sale on Ebay. This is an original oil painting, 100% of the proceeds will go directly to organizations working on Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines. 

Some background on this painting: I took the reference photo during my first trip to Manila in 2005. It has been in my private collection since, but in light of the devastating typhoon that hit the Philippines on Nov. 8th, I have decided to auction it off to raise funds for the victims.

Place bid on Ebay.com

Cockfighter, 2006
15" x 15" 
Oil on canvas
Starting bid $375


Manhattan Bridge With Fog Limited Edition Print By 1xRun by kimcogan

I am pleased to announce a limited edition print of the painting "Manhattan Bridge With Fog" has been in the works with 1xRun and will be released November 5th, 9am PST. This is an archival pigment print on 310gsm fine art paper and measures 24 X 18 inches. This is a limited edition print run of 150 and will be offered first come, first serve basis. The last limited edition release of 75 sold out in under an hour, so keep watch and don't miss out!

For purchasing information please contact -


1410 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, Mi 48207

Arcadia Contemporary Small Artworks Exhibition by kimcogan

 Small Artworks Exhibition 

Opening Reception Thursday September 19th,  2013 6 - 8pm.

Arcadia Contemporary
51 Greene Street
New York, NY 10013 


I am pleased to announce my artwork will now be represented by Arcadia Contemporary, NYC. For starters I will be participating in the Annual Small Artworks Exhibition opening Thursday, September 19th from 6 - 8pm. For purchasing inquiries, please email arcadiafa@aol.com.

Arcadia Contemporary's emphasis is dedicated to representational painting, however they are looking forward to showcasing artists who are utilizing "the skills of the past" but are creating contemporary works. No more looking back...the focus will be on today and tomorrow.

Solo Exhibition by kimcogan



September 5 - 28, 2013

Opening reception Thursday Sept. 5th, 

Suite 420, 5:30 - 7:30pm.

Hespe Gallery 251 Post Street, Suite 420 San Francisco, CA 94108 email: info@hespe.com tel: 415.776.5918


Flotsam by Kim Cogan Hespe Gallery, September 2013

San Francisco-based artist Kim Cogan drifts into an exploration of coastal landscapes in his new solo show, Flotsam.

By observing the environments and structures seen around the coast, Cogan brings together the sensibilities and techniques he applied to create his atmospheric city scenes and kinetic wave paintings and seascapes.

Cogan’s new work suggests a sensory experience of the landscape, mimicking the passing of time. His fluid brushstrokes render an atmosphere steeped in history, evoking a sense of weathering and abandonment as a testament to the consequences of both natural and man made elements.

Through his use of light, color and shadow, Cogan chooses to exaggerate a mood or overstate emotional content. “The panting is built up in several layers—some translucent, some opaque—in order to create depth,” says Cogan. “I often add or subtract details to focus the viewer on a specific area of the composition.”

The result is a complete visual experience, skillfully rendered, yet impressionistic—with meaning carried along in the eyes of the viewer.

For inquiries regarding purchasing, please contact tel: 415.776.5918, email: info@hespe.com.

Surf Motel Limited Edition Prints By 1xRun by kimcogan


I am pleased to announce a limited edition print of the painting "Surf Motel" has been in the works with 1xRun and will be released May 31st. The print run is limited to 75 and will be offered first come, first serve basis. Here is a brief interview about the painting and more -


For purchasing information please contact -

1410 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, Mi 48207

artMRKT San Francisco by kimcogan

 artMRKT San Francisco

May 16 -19, 2013.

Hespe Gallery Booth 415  Festival Pavilion - Fort Mason Center Marina Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 

Come visit Hespe Gallery at Booth 415 and see a sneak preview of my new paintings which will be included in my upcoming solo exhibition.

Complimentary VIP pass courtesy of Hespe Gallery www.art-mrkt.com/sf/tickets/hespe

To inquire regarding purchasing, please contact info@hespe.com

artMRKT San Francisco, the Bay Area’s premier contemporary and modern art fair, will feature 70 galleries from around the globe, bringing some of the world’s most intriguing artists and galleries to San Francisco. In showcasing historically important work alongside relevant contemporary pieces and projects, artMRKT will create an ideal context for the discovery, exploration and acquisition of art. Now in its third year, artMRKT San Francisco will be relocating to the Festival Pavilion - Fort Mason Center.

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 16, 2013 6:00pm to 8:00pm - Opening Night Preview Reception benefiting the de Young & Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco 8:00pm to 10:30pm - Opening Night Party

For more information visit www.art-mrkt.com/sf  

Hespe Gallery 20th Anniversary Celebration by kimcogan

I am excited to be participating in the Hespe Gallery 20th anniversary celebration. Hespe Gallery is happy to announce it is the 20th year in business and a group exhibition will be held to commemorate the occasion. Artwork will be exhibited in 251 Post Street: in both Suites 210 and 420. We hope that you and your friends will come and celebrate with us!

Opening Reception on Thursday, April 11th from 5:30 - 7:30.
The 20th Anniversary exhibition will run Thursday, April 4th - 27th.
Hespe Gallery 
251 Post Street, Suite 420 and 210.
San Francisco, CA 94108
tel: 415.776.5918
email: info@hespe.com

Tree paintings by kimcogan

In between the busy deadlines of exhibition schedules, I have been making an effort to leave the comforts of my studio and to paint on location (en plein air). I am going to be honest, it isn't the most enjoyable activity that comes to mind when I am outdoors. 

In my days of school, I cringed at the thought when we were dropped off on location and instructed to paint for the day. Battling against the unpredictable forces of nature, the sun glaring off the canvas, the ever shifting changes of light, shadows and color, the cold gusts of wind, and the gawking onlookers with millions of questions. I understood clearly the lessons, to paint from life, appreciate nature, think critically in the moment and make quick decisions, observe form and color temperature nuances in light, etc. Perhaps it was not having proper gear which made the experiences so unbearable or maybe it was, at the time, I was more interested in composing concepts, learning old master techniques and painting figurative artwork. Years later admiring at how impressionists used simple strokes of bold color and how naturalists used subtle muted color palettes to convey form and light, I begin to rethink lessons.

There are only a handful of cityscape paintings I have painted directly on location, each one had its own learning lessons, complications and funny stories to accompany it. Instead of tackling an ambitious cityscape scene, I have focused on coastal trees in the area, there exists a balance between flowing twist and turns of the branches and structure. Each tree has a different gesture and unique characteristics which captivates my fascination.

Those same curve balls mother nature throws haven't diminished nor will they ever, maybe I have become slightly more tolerant. I have proper gear which makes a huge difference, instead of holding the canvas steady, now I can concentrate on painting. If there is the slightest lesson to be learned from the voyages I deem it as well worth the effort. Although merely for study purposes, I consider these paintings to be some of the most important since it is a step to learn and become closer to the subject, more expressive, creative, and ultimately improve. I can return to the studio refreshed with new ideas and outlook. Besides, the weather is fair enough and the fresh air isn't all that bad.

Skull study paintings by kimcogan

Artists have studied anatomy for centuries. The human form is the most complex and offers endless possibilities to draw ideas from. To convincingly portray a portrait or figure it is key to understand the anatomy and requires a great deal of practice to hone this skill. I set up skulls in the corner of the studio to study the form and structure. I prefer to angle and light the skulls dramatically so that I am forced to confront the challenge of drawing dramatic foreshortening and deal with different lighting situations.